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Has any one ever flipped the front license plate downward below the bumper using the existing mount? That's such a beautiful bumper to cover-up... Wish California didn't require front plates!

And has any one ever tried reversing the middle seats to face backward--making the statolounger more comfortable and games a foursome on long trips ?
 

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hey 19/6odyssey

Haha! If you drive around town and saw a GG 99 EX without front license plate....that would be ME!!!


I have driven without a plate since the day I was in HOUSTON!!! I have since moved to sacramento for 3+ months and - GOD forbid - I have never been questioned by an officer before. Though I have my other license plate on the back of the van at all time and keep the front one under my passenger seat just in case I run into a pesky officer


bout the middle seats, I have no idea. But you might want to try it though. Let us know what the results are.

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Well, I'll try to go without a front license... W'ell see how long it takes to get noticed by the authorities... You'd think they'd have other things on their mind than the front of my Ody.

The seats reverse, but don't seem to lock down. Maybe the latch bars are not the same size on the front/back.

Also... the seat belts don't work in reverse position. You could switch the driver/passenger sides, but then nobody in the front would have a belt..
 

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Believe it or not. Non of my vehicles do not have plates on the front. My wife got caught driving in the bike lane one day. The cop did not say anything about the missing front plate on the her Accord. I use to own a Civic hatchback (11 years w/out front plate) and a CR-V. Numerous times while on the streets, a cop would pass by, but nothing happens. I completely removed the brackets that hold the front license plate from my new Ody. I am planning not to put the front one on once I received the plates. I hope I do not get caught) Oh well, we'll see what happens. (Yikes!)
 

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Hopefully cops are more concerned about other things. Although, when I first returned to Va from Fl I didn't put the front plates on for nearly two years (Saturn has to have their own plate holder attachment which was not installed on the front of my car). Then over Thanksgiving one year I was pulled over on the interstate for not having it. No other reason but to site me for no front plates. How crazy is that? Anyway, good luck.
 

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I have been "busted" twice for no front plate in Sacramento. Once was during a stop for something else (ok...speeding
). The other time it was while I was parked and away from my car! I was legally parked and got a ticket just for the lack of a front plate. This happened downtown near the capitol by the horseback cops.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by HipOdy:
I have been "busted" twice for no front plate in Sacramento. Once was during a stop for something else (ok...speeding
). The other time it was while I was parked and away from my car! I was legally parked and got a ticket just for the lack of a front plate. This happened downtown near the capitol by the horseback cops.

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There is one sure way not to get hasseled with no front plate, move to Pennsylvania! Here in PA they only issue one plate and it has to go on the back of the vehicle.

The only thing you have to remember is to make sure they do not install the front plate holder on the new van. I learned this the hard way from my earlier van purchase in 1994. As you can imagine, my new Odyssey does not have the front plate holder.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by LogansMom:
Hopefully cops are more concerned about other things. Although, when I first returned to Va from Fl I didn't put the front plates on for nearly two years (Saturn has to have their own plate holder attachment which was not installed on the front of my car). Then over Thanksgiving one year I was pulled over on the interstate for not having it. No other reason but to site me for no front plates. How crazy is that? Anyway, good luck.</font>
Not in Ohio!

On Christmas Eve a State Trooper pulled me over and fined me something like $25. I was in college and just getting food was sometimes an unknown on my income. I was nice to the guy, not surly or beligerant (sp.). I never thought he would do it, but he returned from his cruiser and handed my license back with the ticket and said, "Merry Christmas". In my head I replied in a very unfriendly manor.

Ever since, the police logo, "to serve and protect" has become more questionable to me. Other neighborhood events and police interactions have also diminished respect for police through their ways of serving and protecting.
 

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OHIO. Enough said. The National Motorists Association has given your "fair" state its national Highway Robbery award for at least two years. Each year the NMA picks a person or entity that has done the most to harrass, impede, or increase the expense of motoring. Tell your elected officials you are tired of it.

If you are interested in the NMA, you can check them out at http://www.motorists.com/ .

These are the same people that brought you the repeal of the 55 m.p.h. limit

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I'll bite ont he seat issue. I wouldn't do it, even if you could get it to latch in place. If you look at the attachments, you'll see that the hooks on the front keep the seat engaged in a crash. If you reverse them, the crash forces will act to disengage the seat. Not to mention the lack of seat belts.

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OK, I'll bite back.

dgs, are you sure??? A crash could occur from the front or rear. How would reversing the seat, assuming it could be done, affect the crash stability?
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by celler:
OHIO. Enough said. The National Motorists Association has given your "fair" state its national Highway Robbery award for at least two years. Each year the NMA picks a person or entity that has done the most to harrass, impede, or increase the expense of motoring. Tell your elected officials you are tired of it.

If you are interested in the NMA, you can check them out at http://www.motorists.com/ .

These are the same people that brought you the repeal of the 55 m.p.h. limit

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WOO-WHOOO, We're number ONE!!! (high fives, jumping, back slapping, smiles)
 

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I lived in Ohio ten years ago and the hiway patrol was a pain even back then!

I had the windows of my Accord tinted, using shades that were legal in Florida, and they stopped us on the interstate for having "tint too dark"! The officer even had a little sample chain of tints to show me that mine was too dark from the "legal" Ohio tint shades!

Just gave us a warning, though, and I did nothing knowing I was in the military and not staying there forever.

You would think they had better things to do...
 

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I've lived in Ohio for 6 years and have never had a front plate. I've gotten 5 tickets in that time (had a couple of rough years) and no one's ever said anything during one of my many traffic stops.

I picked up my new Ody last month and told them not to bother putting a front bracket on. I'll keep taking my chances.
 

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The reason why I kept the front licence plate on is that if you scrape something in front, it wouldn't be your bumper.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by HK_dude:
The reason why I kept the front licence plate on is that if you scrape something in front, it wouldn't be your bumper.</font>
Beware of this! I may be off base as I do not use the front braket currently, but I've had them on previous cars. My wife "touched" the bumper of a truck while parking and the two bolts holding the license plate to the bracket punctured the bumper cover very nicely in two spots. This would have not caused any damage if I had left the plate off.

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Isn't it amazing? We elect folks to make rules to live by and hire folks to enforce them. Then, we really get pissed when either of them do so. Go figure......

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FYI, in Texas, no front plate is not a moving violation. If you are stopped for something else, they will write you up for no front plate also. I have never used front plate (spoils the look) and only been cited once (72 in a 55 - lawmakers suffering from recto-cranial insertion). $75 for having my ride look better every day for 10 years - worth every penny.
 

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I used to have an Accord with a front plate when I was in TX, after
I moved to FL I took it off and discovered thad it had ruined the paint. I guess due to the vibration. I am not taking that chance with the ODY.
 

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OK, I'll bite back.

dgs, are you sure??? A crash could occur from the front or rear. How would reversing the seat, assuming it could be done, affect the crash stability?
Sorry about the delay in postiong, I just saw this! I'm not an Engineer (although I play one at work sometimes:) ), but when the Ody is in motion there's inertia that wants to keep each part of the van, including the seats, in motion forward. Very rarely is ther much intertia rearward. If there's an impact from the rear, the van is usually moving forward, or stopped. If you back into someting you aren't going that fast. So, the seat attachments are probably designed to take a much higher load going forward than rearward and reversing them, I think, would compromise them.

Some one who really is an engineer can correct me if I'm wrong.

If it does work, however, it would be pretty cool to use at a tailgating party, while camping, etc. when you're not moving.
 
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